Mark leaves his mark on the Giro

Mark leaves his mark on the Giro

Mark Cavendish produced an incredible sprint that has left people buzzing even now, long after the 201km stage 3 concluded, to pick up his first victory in nine years at Il Giro, etching his name in the history books as the oldest non-Italian rider (36 years and 352 days) to clock up a win at the Italian Grand Tour.

Last day on Hungarian soil was a quiet one, with only three men going into the breakaway and pushing their lead to a maximum of five minutes before the peloton decided to ramp up the pace and gradually eat into their advantage. Around 25 kilometers from the finish, the catch was made and the sprint trains began slotting into position, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl being one of the most prominent teams as it controlled affairs at the head of the bunch for Mark Cavendish.

Inside the last two kilometers, Davide Ballerini hit the front for a mammoth pull, stretching the field through the flamme rouge before peeling off and leaving Michael Mørkøv to do one of his trademark flawless lead-outs. Cavendish opened up 300 meters from the finish, but measured up the sprint perfectly, edging out all his rivals and dashing to one of the most impressive victories of his career in Balatonfüred.

“I am very happy! We really wanted to do good in the first bunch sprint, and that’s exactly what we did. I’m so delighted with this great victory, 14 years after my first one here and nine years since my last success in this amazing race that I love so much.”

“The boys were phenomenal today, the way they protected me and controlled the peloton was just outstanding. I knew I had to deliver with such a fantastic team around me and I’m content I could do it. Everyone was so committed today. In the sprint, things were hectic, but Michael remained super cool all the time. Then I had to go long in the end, with 300 meters left, but I had the legs to do that and I’m happy I could hang on for that long”, explained Mark Cavendish after his 53rd Grand Tour stage victory.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:56:39
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
4 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
5 Jakub Mareczko
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
6 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
7 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
0:00
8 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
0:00
9 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
0:00
10 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
18 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
43 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
44 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
51 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
103 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
160 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:21
163 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:26
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
9:43:50
2 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:11
3 Tom Dumoulin
Jumbo-Visma
0:16
4 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:24
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:24
6 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
0:24
7 Tobias Foss
Jumbo-Visma
0:28
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:28
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:29
10 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:29
20 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:43
43 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:04
148 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:16
149 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:20
152 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:29
161 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:49
165 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:08
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
62 pt
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
55 pt
3 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
53 pt
4 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
44 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
32 pt
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
25 pt
7 Filippo Tagliani
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
24 pt
8 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
18 pt
9 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education-EasyPost
18 pt
10 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
15 pt
33 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
36 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Rick Zabel
Israel - Premier Tech
5 pt
2 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Jumbo-Visma
5 pt
3 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
3 pt
4 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
2 pt
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1 pt
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
1 pt
7 Clément Davy
Groupama - FDJ
1 pt
1 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
9:44:14
2 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
3 Tobias Foss
Jumbo-Visma
0:04
4 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:05
5 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:05
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:16
7 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:19
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:19
9 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:20
10 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
0:23
1 Jumbo-Visma 29:12:45
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:11
3 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 0:16
4 BORA - hansgrohe 0:22
5 Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:43
6 UAE Team Emirates 0:45
7 Trek - Segafredo 0:45
8 Bahrain - Victorious 0:48
9 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 1:01
10 EF Education-EasyPost 1:24

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